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December 20, 2018
The Podcast

Stricter drunk driving laws take effect

New rules that increase penalties for drunk driving and expand police powers to demand breath samples took effect across Canada on Tuesday, with some predicting the law will face a series of legal challenges.

Greater Toronto Airports Authority to implement integrated incident management system

A suite of software from Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure division has been selected to improve incident and work management at Toronto Pearson International Airport. This dispatch system will also integrate with partner organizations across jurisdictions, including Mississauga Fire and Emergency Services, Peel Regional Paramedic Services and Peel Regional Police, as well as NavCanada.

Safer opioids actively being reviewed for epidemic

Public health officials across the country are seriously considering increasing the supply of safer opioids to quell a crisis that newly released data show helped claim more than 2,000 lives in the first half of the year.
Blue Line Expo

Save the date! Book your booth! Blue Line Expo is April 16

Join MaestroVision Inc, Panasonic, SAM Medical, Duck Bill Enterprises & Rampart on the Blue Line Expo 2019 exhibition floor in Mississauga, Ont. It’s never too early to book your space! Book your booth! (And special shout-out to Off The X Inc., our Gold Sponsor!) » Book your booth!
Featured News 
Rifle optics

Setting our sights on rifle optics

Given enough time, sight systems help an officer stop a deadly threat with near-surgical precision. But is anyone ever given “enough” time in real life encounters? If the various choices in close- and intermediate-range sights are virtually equal for accuracy, the question then arises… which one is fastest? That’s where Blue Line comes in. We tested four different sight systems for both speed and accuracy, using the firearms training simulator from MantisX. » Read more...

JIBC Foundation Gala recognizes awards honourees, celebrates 40 years

The Justice Institute of British Columbia Foundation “Be the One Gala,” featuring the Justice & Public Safety Awards, showcased the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in an evening of celebration on Nov. 15 in Vancouver. The event celebrated JIBC’s 40th anniversary and raised more than $115,000. » Read more...

Car thefts on rise in Canada as thieves target trucks, SUVs

A new report says choosy car thieves are setting their sights on Ford trucks and high-end SUVs as the number of automotive thefts continues to rise across the country. The Insurance Bureau of Canada says in its annual list of the most frequently stolen vehicles that the Ford F-Series trucks are again topping the list. » Read more...

An empathetic police model to build trust, outreach

The empathetic police model strives for a deeper symbiotic relationship between the server and the served, writes Tom Wetzel in this month’s Back of the Book. It is a theme that begins in the hiring selection process and goes well past the individual retirements of officers whose service can continue beyond active duty (for example, mentoring youth or serving as armed volunteer school officers). Its philosophy is part of the very fabric of an agency and, if done right, this model of policing will create huge dividends of trust. » Read more...

NSSF Shot Show

Date: Jan. 22-25, 2019
Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
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B.C. First Responders’ Mental Health Conference

Date: Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2019
Location: Richmond, B.C.
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Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium

Date: Feb. 18-19, 2019
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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